The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Moves Closer to Federal Court Procedures: Using the New TTAB Rules to Your Advantage

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has made significant changes to the rules of practice applicable in inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Most of them took effect on November 1, 2007. This article will discuss the nature and effects of these changes, ways to take advantage of them, and some of the relative benefits of TTAB versus federal court proceedings.--Joseph N. Welch II and Dr. Simon Holzer, Senior Associate at Meyer Lustenberger in Zurich, Switzerland, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, November 2008 issue.